Thursday, January 03, 2019

Last-minute airfares from Delhi airport record average 28 pc surge, says report

New Delhi: Last-minute airfares from the Delhi airport to key domestic destinations on an average surged 28 per cent on Thursday amid flight operations getting impacted by dense fog and poor visibility conditions, according to a report.
Following poor visibility conditions, departures from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here were suspended in the morning for around two hours and there were also flight cancellations.

"Last minute fares for flights from Delhi to key routes including Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad surged by 28 per cent today," Ixigo co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Aloke Bajpai said in a statement.

Ixigo, a travel and hotel booking site, analysed airfare movement for flights from the national capital to key domestic routes.

The spike in spot fares from Delhi to key cities such as Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad were primarily due to delays and cancellations caused by fog and low visibility, he said.

As per Ixigo, the hike in last-minute fares was highest on the Delhi-Kolkata route, where ticket prices jumped 47 per cent, while the Delhi-Pune route had the lowest increase at 11 per cent.

Fares for Mumbai rose 28 per cent and that for Chennai went up by 34 per cent, according to the statement.

As per the live flight tracking portal FlightRadar 24, 15 per cent of the flights departing from Delhi airport were cancelled till around 1945 hours.

Besides, as much as 69 per cent of the departures were delayed till that time, as per the portal.
03/01/19 PTI/Times of India